July 30, 1972: Bobby Issac wins Buddy Shuman 300

TMC Chase
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NASCAR's Winston Cup Series had a weekend off between its July 23rd race at Atlanta and August 6th race at Talladega. I'm sure some took the opportunity to race late models somewhere. Some tinkered around with a honey-do list at home. Some worked feverishly on their Cup cars since they served multiple roles as the owner-driver-crew chief. Some likely took a nap on the couch or from the vinyl seat of a bass boat as their worm drowned on the bottom of a lake.

Yet others headed for Hickory Motor Speedway to race the Grand National East division race on July 30th - the Buddy Shuman Memorial 300. The field was comprised of several notable drivers - some on their way up, some on their way down. Some of the 'name drivers' included Bobby Isaac; Jim Paschal; late model standout Harry Gant; Bobby Allison; ARCA winner and future Cup champion Benny Parsons; and independent drivers such as D.K. Ulrich, Baxter Price, and Wendell Scott.

Perhaps the most notable driver in the field was a former NASCAR regular who was looking to make a comeback. Cale Yarborough had several wins in the mid to late 1960s. In the early 70s, however, he took a shot at making it on USAC's Indy car circuit. In 1972, he raced in NASCAR's Daytona 500 and USAC's Indy 500. But that was about it. As he planned a return to NASCAR, he raced in an earlier GNE event at Columbia. For the Hickory race, he suited up in a Junie Donlavey #90 Ford.

The race was originally scheduled for Saturday July 29th. Heavy area rains had other plans; however, and qualifications and the race were postponed until the 30th.

Bobby Isaac and his familiar #71 Nord Krauskopf K&K Insurance Harry Hyde-prepared Dodge also rolled into track. And the team was pretty much the star of the show. Isaac planted the red Dodge on the pole, and he then proceeded to dominate the laps en route to a win. He led 288 or the race's 300 laps.

Race report from The Dispatch

Fin Driver Sponsor / Owner Car
1 Bobby Isaac K&K Insurance (Nord Krauskopf) '72 Dodge
2 Cale Yarborough Junie Donlavey '71 Ford
3 Benny Parsons L.G. DeWitt '71 Ford
4 Gary Myers Taylor Myers '70 Ford
5 Elmo Langley Langley Racing (Elmo Langley) '71 Ford
6 Neil Castles Howard Furniture (Neil Castles) '71 Dodge
7 Wayne Andrews Jack St. Clair '70 Ford
8 Baxter Price Patsy Long Price '69 Chevrolet
9 Walter Ballard Vic Ballard '71 Ford
10 Ed Negre Ed Negre '70 Dodge
11 Ernie Shaw Ernie Shaw '70 Ford
12 Joe Childress Roscoe Leonard '71 AMC
13 E.J. Trivette Gary L. Baird '72 Chevrolet
14 Jabe Thomas Jabe Thomas '70 Plymouth
15 Rick Newsom Rick Newsom '69 Mercury
16 Harry Gant '70 Mercury
17 Wendell Scott Wendell Scott '71 Ford
18 D.K. Ulrich D.K. Ulrich '71 Ford
19 Bobby Allison Coca-Cola (Melvin Joseph) '69 Chevrolet
20 Randy Bannister Jimmy Justice '69 Chevrolet
21 Jim Paschal H.C. Stewart '71 Pontiac
22 Pee Wee Wentz Jerry Wentz '69 Chevrolet
23 Jimmy Vaughn Wayne Vaughn '69 Chevrolet
24 Richard D. Brown Ralph McNabb '71 Chevrolet



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updated by @tmc-chase: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM
Dave Fulton
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Cale gave the late Junie Donlavey's #90 one of its better rides. The other year I posted about Junie's forays into the GN East circuit:

Junie Donlavey - King of the Rent - A - Racers - Not Just in Cup

Posted by Dave Fulton on December 12, 2011 at 6:01pm in -

Most of us know that if you look at the list of NASCAR car owner Junie Donlavey drivers in his Cup cars over the years, many would fall into the category of the "Rent-A-Racer" - either the driver or the promoter paid the Richmond, Virginia car owner to furnish a car for a particular event.

BUT , did you know that Junie has also beenthe "go-to" owner of choice for promoters needing a car for the local hero to drive in the short-lived NASCAR Grand National East Series during its two year existence - 1972-1973?

During the two season span of the NASCAR Grand National East Series, Donlavey cars posted 7 Top-5 finishes, including 2 wins - all in the #90 - all entries being paid by the promoter so a local "star" with ticket selling capability could race.

In 1972, Buddy Baker won at Columbia, SC and Max Berrier won at Winston-Salem in the Donlavey #90. Cale Yarborough was 2nd at Hickory in Junie's #90 that season, also.

In 1973, Cale posted two 2nd-place finishes at Fayetteville, NC's Cumberland County track and Harry Gant had a 3rd and a 5th at Hickory , all in Junie Donlavey's #90.

Junie did whatever it took to survive. Not only in Cup, but in the Grand National East. Junie was also Big Bill France's "go-to" guy when Bill wanted a stock car at LeMans or an "International Star" like a Jackie Oliver to spice up his Grand National stock car series. When we think of teams with multiple entries in races, we think of Petty, Holman-Moody, etc. But, Junie also had his share of multiple entries back in the day, often his own driver in the #90 and another in a second rent-a-ride in the same event. We won't ever see a #90 Junie Donlavey win again, but win in NASCAR he did - too many times to count in the NASCAR Modified Division with Runt Harris and Sonny Hutchins , 1 time in Winston Cup with Jody Ridley and twice in the long forgotten NASCAR Grand National East with Buddy Baker and Max Berrier .

Hats off to Junie Donlavey, the King of the Rent-a-Racers and his operation on a shoestring!




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Dave Fulton
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A shout out to RR member, Wayne Andrews for his 7th place run.




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TMC Chase
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Bump




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